All you need to know about rescue services, slope grooming and more

Slope FAQ

Our Slope FAQ contains everything you need to know about the slopes of Galtür: How are the slopes groomed? What rules do I need to keep in mind? How can I contact the mountain rescue services in case of an emergency?

If you have a question that’s not answered in our FAQ, don’t hesitate to contact the Tourist Office of Galtür or the team of the Silvretta Galtür cable cars!

How are the slopes of Galtür ski resort groomed?

The cable car operators of Galtür make sure that the ski resort’s slopes are in perfect condition every day. Day and night, they use snowcats and snow-making systems to make your skiing experiences nothing less than perfect!

Please watch out: Because of the cable car operators’ 24-hour slope grooming works, there may be unlit obstacles on the slope (e. g. snow-making machines, hoses, power cables). 

Why are slopes sometimes humpy, slushy or icy?

With the weather having great effects on the condition of the slopes, it’s not always easy to ensure perfectly groomed descents. Have you ever wondered how slopes become humpy or slushy?

  • Humpy slopes: It takes some time for fresh snowfall to fuse with the old snow. That’s why slopes often look “humpy”, making it necessary for grooming vehicles to straighten the moguls.
  • Slushy, icy slopes: In spring, high temperatures can lead to the snow becoming softer and heavier, resulting in “slushy” slope conditions. If temperatures drop below zero degrees Celsius during the night, the snow freezes over again, resulting in icy slopes in the morning.

Safety first

what to keep in mind in the ski resort of Galtür

As you’re seldom the only one on the slopes, it’s important to stick to certain rules and regulations – for your own safety and that of others!

The FIS slope rules in a nutshell:

  • Respect others: In the mountains and on the slopes it’s particularly important to watch out for other skiers, for your own safety and that of others.
  • Adjust your speed and technique: Always ride with maximum attention, ready to stop at any moment. Adjust your speed and technique to the difficulty of the terrain as well as to the prevailing snow and weather conditions and number of skiers on the slope.
  • Choose the right path: Winter sports athletes skiing behind someone have to choose their path in a way that will not endanger any skiers ahead of them.
  • Be careful when overtaking: From behind or below, from right or left – overtaking is allowed on the slopes. However, please leave enough distance between yourself and other skiers!
  • Joining and starting: No matter if you’re starting off or pulling out of a slope – always make sure that you’re not putting any other skiers in danger.
  • Stopping on the slope: Avoid stopping at narrow sections or blind spots of a slope unless you really have to. In case of an injury, vacate the spot as soon as possible.
  • Observe the signs: Pay attention to the signs and markings on the slope. 
  • Offering assistance: You are obliged by law to offer assistance in the event of an accident. 
  • Duty to identify yourself: In the event of an accident you are obliged to give your personal details, whether you caused or witnessed the accident.

Rescue services

whom to call in the event of an emergency

The rescue services of the ski resort of Galtür can be reached around the clock, making sure that you are safely transported to the nearest ambulance at any time of day.

In case of an emergency, contact Rescue Services at the following numbers:

Slope Rescue Service: +43 664 88 43 68 36
International Emergency Number: 112

Insurance tip: To avoid high rescue costs, consider taking out an insurance before your ski holiday. To find out more, contact the Mountain Rescue Services of Tyrol

Danger of avalanches

what do you have to keep in mind?

If you’re a freerider or love to explore the backcountry, please keep in mind that mountain rescue services only supervise the marked and open slopes. 

Check the current avalanche situation before your mountain adventure and consider the snow and weather situation. Also observe any information given at the cable car and lift stations and pay attention to notice boards on the slopes.